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its controversial killer whale shows. the company's ceo is in studio 57. and major league baseball player gives up 13 million dollars in a showdown over his son spending te in the clubhouse. we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener." your world in 90 seconds. the next president is going to make the decision. send us a nominee and we will deal with it then. >> the president's nomination hits the republican wall. i didn't think the president should send anybody up now because it's not going to happen. it's just more division. now we have more fighting, more fighting. >> donald trump has decided not to participate in the debate this upcoming monday. >> for whatever reason, it seems that donald trump finds you a very, very terrifying person. >> kasich said if trump is not coming he is not either. a lot of overtime pay down the drain for the fox news techies. i hope they can sleep tonight.
the death penalty to a priver. >> parts of louisiana and texas more rain on the way. >> major league baseball player is choosing his family over a multimillion dollar contract. >> nobody's kid needs to be in a professional locker room every day! >> sad news in the world of music. frank sinatra jr. has tied while on tour. the young frank sinatra was 72 years old. >> 2 million dollar inferno. the yacht caught fire in the virgin islands. >> will you run for president? >> i will not run for president. no, no, not going to do it. >> hillary clinton on comedy central. >> i'm sorry. we are so excited! >> and all that matters. >> it's looking more and more like the republicans could be on the road to a contested convention. the republican campaign could start all over again only this time it's crammed into one week. you can binge watch the death of the gop! >> on "cbs this morning."
>> president obama has unveiled his full march madness bracket. >> i started off making the right pick and i will end making the right pick. >> non t to be undone, donald trump has released his brackets! announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" sponsored by let's go places. welcome to "cbs this morning." the political showdown over the new supreme court nominee today shifts to the senate. president obama's choice merrick garland, will go to capitol hill democratic senators. >> republicans are standing by their vow not to consider garland or any nominee before the nevada election. the 63-year-old federal appellate judge wants to be the nation's highest court. we are covering the fight from the white house to the supreme court and talk with elizabeth
margaret brennan is at the white house. >> reporter: this was a calculated decision by president obama to pick a nominee that would be hard for republicans to shoot down. and, today, merrick garland goes to personally lobby on capitol hill and make is case he is a political moderate who can break that partisan divide. >> i will not be voting on this nominee. the next president is going to make the decision. >> reporter: last night, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said it would be a waste of time to meet nominee merrick garland and insisted that congress must wait until americans elect a new president. >> if this was a republican president, submitting a nominee to a democratic senate in the middle of a presidential election year, no circumstances under which the nominee would be confirmed. >> i have fulfilled my constitutional duty. >> reporter: on wednesday, the president said senate republicans are october to bligated to consider garland's nomination. >> i simple ask the republicans
hearing. if you don't, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair. >> reporter: polling shows more than half of the americans disproof of the senate republicans refusal to consider a nominee, but republican leaders say their argument stems from then senator joe biden's own rule back in 1992. >> action on a supreme court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. >> reporter: but the vice president defended himself last night, tweeting there is only one biden rule i followed while in the senate. every scotus nominee gets a hearing, committee vote, and floor vote, period. >> mr. garland is a fine nominee. i know him personally. i know of his integrity. >> reporter: in 2010 when
hatch said he would be confirmed. hatch said yesterday, times have changed. >> a whale of difference being on any circuit court of appeals and being a nominee for the supreme court of the united states. >> reporter: today, president obama will join a conference call with progressive groups to build support for merrick. the bet is putting pressure on senators may change some minds. >> margaret, thank you very much. closer look at the nominee. and why the president chose garland to replace the late justice antonin scalia. jan crawford is at the supreme court. >> reporter: the president is really gone with someone he sees as a reasonable pick, a compromise pick. certainly not the home run that some of the liberal groups would of wanted. garland is a moderate, a centrist. he is no liberal flame-thrower. i think you'll see the white house make the argument the president is not going as far left as some of the groups on
now the republicans time to compromise a little bit by all accounts, judge garland is deeply experienced, he is respected, he's a chief judge at the d.c.-based federal appeals court, he is a former prosecutor who supervised the oklahoma city bombing trial. i mean, he is seen by some as really the best pick that a republican senate could ask for from a democratic president. and so now, the hope for many on the left is that as the summer progresses, and it looks like maybe a democrat will win the white house in november, you know, maybe republicans will recognize that this guy is the best that they can hope for and finally go ahead and confirm him. >> thank you, jan. democratic senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts is calling on her republican colleagues to schedule a hearing on judge garland. she joins us now from capitol hill. senator, good morning. >> good morning. >> are you enthusiastic in your support of judge garland? >> you know, the way i think of
vacancy is one of the most solemn tasks undertaken by this government. this isn't supposed to be a circus. the president has done his constitutional duty. he has sent us a nominee. and now it is our job in the united states senate to hold hearings, to examine his credentials, and then to have a vote on him. that's what the constitutional calls for. >> with respect to, senator, the question i asked will you support judge garland? >> but that's the whole point right now, is that we want judge garland to come over. i want to meet with him, i want to look at his credentials. i want to see him perform in a hearing. and then i want to be able to have a vote on him. that's what advise and consent means. it's not supposed to be some kind of crazy political process. you know, senator toomey said the republican from pennsylvania said, well, if he had been nominated by a republican, then,
consider him but not since he was nominated by president obama. you know, this is just really taken off in a direction that is a direct insult to the president, it is a direct insult to the constitution, and now it is a direct insult to judge garland. >> but, senator, the republicans are now pointing to joe biden's comments back in 1992 when he said a nomination should not be put forward in an election year. so why is this different this time in 2016? >> let's be clear. just go back and look at the history. every single republican -- every single supreme court nominee to a vacant position has had its hearing and a vote. the only ones who didn't get a hearing didn't get a hearing because they went straight to a vote. that is a hundred years of actual fact. >> senator, let me turn to the presidential race in 2016. all of your female particularic senators have endorsed senator hillary clinton. you have not yet made an endorsement. will you do it before the
>> i don't have a time line for this. but i go the to tell you, watching what has been going on the democratic side really makes me prouder to be a democrat. we have been out there talking about the issues, both hillary and bernie, about how it is that young people are going to be able to get an education without getting crushed by student loan debt, how we can better rein in wall street, how we can have trade deals that don't just leave workers in the dirt. >> you know your lack of an endorsement at this stage has raised some questions. let me ask you this -- do you believe that senator clinton should release the transcripts of her speeches to goldman sachs? >> look. i think that our candidates are out doing what they should do in a primary. they are debating the issues. >> you're not answering my question, senator. >> what i'm doing is i'm telling you what i think should be going on right now in this election. >> it's a yes or no question. should she release the transcripts or not? >> what i told you i think the primaries are doing what they
candidates are being tested. >> what will it take for you to make an endorsement of either candidate? what more do you need to hear? >> what i'm glad to see is what is happening right now. and that is that the democrats are out talking about the issues. i think it makes it very distinct what happens between our side and what is happening over on the other side. >> someone said -- >> that they are doing some kind of reality show, we are out here trying to talk about the issues that affect american people. >> and so are we. when one of the questions that is being raised, has the democratic party and has senator clinton, secretary clinton moved from being a clinton democrat to a warren democrat? >> you know, what our candidates have told us is what they will stand for as president of the united states. >> is it moving to the left? >> i think what it is is moving
america's hard working families, america's middle class is really on the ropes. and what we need is somebody in the white house who is going to be out there fighting for them. that is what this next election is going to be about. the republicans make it clear, they are going to keep working for the rich and the powerful. the democrats are making it clear they are going to get out there for working families. they are going to fight to build a future. not just for some of our children, but for all of our children. >> senator warren -- >> between those. >> so great to have you here. >> it's always good to see you. next hour, we will talk with republican senator and judiciary committee member senator jeff flake. donald trump says things could get ugly if republican leaders try to block him from the presidential nomination. he said, quote, i think you would have riots if a contested convention chose another candidate. trump said he would not part in a scheduled debate before tuesday's utah primary. fox news cancelled the debate when john kasich said he would not show up without trump.
with the changing shape of this republican campaign. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. for the first time, donald trump is running like a cautious incumbent with a lead to protect, avoiding fieds ghts and friction that could prove costly. john kasich remains focused on staying relevant through july's convention. >> donald, apparently, is ducking. he's afraid of being challenged. >> reporter: ted cruz shut out in tuesday's primaries played the part of scrappy challenger trying to draw the front-runner into the ring. >> he is scared to debate. and, you know, he just -- he looks down on the voters. he thinks they are gullible and will believe whatever he is saying. >> reporter: as for donald trump's pursuit for the nomination? obstacles exist. six of the states remaining are winner has all primaries totals 217 delegates. even if trump wins every one, he would still need nearly 40% of the rest of the delegates to secure the nomination. >> i don't think anybody is going to have enough delegates.
trump and cruz by hundreds of delegates but denied he is just a spoiler. >> neither of those guys can win a general election. maybe they are spoiling it for the republican party and for the conservative movement. >> reporter: trump warned wednesday the future of the conservative movement and the gop was in danger as he arrived at the party convention with the most delegates but lost the nomination. >> i think you'd have riots. you know, i'm representing a tremendous, many, many, millions of people. i think bad things would happen. i really do. i believe that. i wouldn't lead it but i think bad things would happen. >> reporter: cruz said trump was threatening the national party. >> no one should be surprised that donald trump is trying to stir up riots. >> reporter: trump defended his tone. >> we are doing pretty well the way it is and i would say that i always like to be a gentleman. >> reporter: promising he would try to rise above the vocal opposition to his candidacy. >> i'm not going to be provoked but, at the same time, you have to take tough action when this happens but you can't let them get away with it. >> reporter: federal misdemeanor
man who rushed the stage at trump's rally outside of dayton, ohio, on saturday. the secret service leaves such pros prosecutions to local authorities but it was brought to curtail future altercation t ltercation t ltercations altercations. a murder charge this morning over a deadly shooting of a teenager. 16-year-old jose cruz was shot and killed sunday night. johnson suspected the teenager of breaking into a car. omar villafranca is live at the shooting scene in addison, texas. >> reporter: good morning. there's a small memorial of flowers and candles where 16-year-old jose cruz was shot and killed. right next to it? pieces of the car that he was in. and right behind me, you can see there is spray paint on the road where investigators say cruz and another teenage friend in the car crashed out before they were both shot.
of jose cruz broke down in tears last night. and praised the arrest of the officer accused of killing her 16-year-old son. [ speaking in foreign language ] trs she is asking for justice against this individual who took the life of her child. >> reporter: addison, police arrested officer ken johnson wednesday on charges of murder and aggravated assault. johnson was off-duty on sunday when he claims he saw cruz and another teen breaking into a car in this apartment complex. johnson chased the teens down in his vehicle and after an altercation, he opened fire. witnesses captured these images of the shooting. >> this was a cold-blooded murder in the middle of the afternoon in addison. >> reporter: johnson is not an officer in addison but is in the nearby dallas suburb of farmers branch. his own police chief emphasized an apparent break in protocol.
off-duty enforcement. >> reporter: the shooting has sparked outrage and protests in the community. >> i want to know why, why did they kill him? why did he shoot him? how come he couldn't handle it a different way? >> reporter: johnson's attorney says a grand jury should have decided what charges, if any, should have been filed. but cruz's family says the evidence speaks for itself. >> when you lose a 16-year-old son, there's no words that can explain the pain and suffering that the family has gone through. >> reporter: police are not commenting on the ongoing investigation. the other teenager in the car who was shot is expected to survive. charlie? >> omar, thanks. fans this morning are remembering frank sinatra jr. the only son of the iconic entertainer, a singer himself, died wednesday. he was 72.
facebook, the sinatra family mourn the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, frank sinatra jr. don dahler remembers back. >> maybe you might remember this song. we stole it from you. >> reporter: if frank sinatra was the chairman of the board. >> reporter: his son frank sinatra jr. was the heir apparent. >> reporter: their relationship appeared as heart-felt as that iconic baritone bravado. >> reporter: but the road wasn't always so silky smooth. >> the third night of ankle guish ended at 3:00. >> reporter: frank jr. was kidnapped and his father paid the ransom. >> the first words when he saw me was, "i'm sorry." >> big sensationalist and headlines everywhere. he found ways to, you know, bring himself out of that.
>> sinatra jr. performed his own music career but had difficulty finding his own persona and became sinatra sr.'s conductor in 1988. >> a guy has to live in the shadow of one of the most iconic singers and artists of all time, those are big shoes to fill. >> yeah, i'm in. >> reporter: turning to television, he played himself on "the sopranos" and" family guy" but only at the end of his career he embraced his father's legacy. >> he introduced me to the audience. ed my son frank is conducting and almost as good as larns wrence welk. now you cut me. >> reporter: scheduled was on
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>> there he is. the only one who could possibly stop donald trump, the governor -- and he is gone! and he's gone. >> i thought the confetti machine malfunctioned because it was so heavy but clearly they were very happy in ohio on that night. >> indeed. welcome back to "cbs this morning." what do you think seaworld would look like without its controversial killer whale shows? they are ready to find out. the company's ceo is there in studio 57. there he is in a tie ahead with the head of the humane society with the first together about big changes they are working on. white sox slugger suddenly retires because the team doesn't want his son hanging out at the ballpark so often. ahead, who is going to bat for the player and how the club is defending itself. time to show you some of the morning's headlines from around the globe. >> "the washington post" reports that the d.c. area transit trains are rolling again.
shutdown. electric fires on monday prompted the closing. workers found and fixed more than two dozen power cable problems. the system is the nation's second biggest, averaging more than 700,000 riders a day. "the new york times" reports on the u.s. state department calling on north korea to release an american student otto warmbier who was sentenced to 15 years this week. he took a propaganda banner from his hotel. the state department calls the sentence unduly harsh. "the seattle times" reports 1500 patients in washington state urged to tested for possible hepatitis b and hepatitis c and hiv. those patients had surgery at two hospitals where a former as you recall technician worked. he is now charged with stealing a syringe of a painkiller in january and swapping it at a colorado hospital. he has tested positive for a
so far, no indication of exposure. five deputies suspended. a protest was hit during a donald trump rally eight days ago in fayetteville, north carolina. the sheriff's department says the deputy saw it but did nothing. the suspension is three or five days without pay. the atlanta journal constitution reports that bumblebee is recalling the following tuna. >> drop the microphone, mr. rose! the fish may not have been properly sterilized. i didn't mean for you to really say it. the affected cans are listed on cbsnews.com.
a sea change at seaworld. the wildlife theme park chain this morning, announced new policies for the breeding and showcasing of its killer whales. the shake-up comes after years of controversy including the repeat revelation that seaworld employees posed at activists to complain. for years animal advocacy groups. the 2013 documentary "blackfish". the company disputed many of the film's accusations of animal abuse and neglect. since the film's release, seaworld's park price and park attendance have plummeted.
drawn brancota who was killed by tillicum. it read to the resignation of the ceo with joel manby named as the ceo in march of lastly year. the company has instituted other reforms. but critics have said the changes do little to improve the animal's living condition and the bad press continues for seaworld. tillicum remains in captivity and the company says he is suffering from an incurable bacterial infection. joel manby, the ceo of seaworld is here and along with the president and ceo of the humane society of the united states. they are with us for their first live interview about the changes ahead for seaworld and the new partnership between the theme park and the humane society. good morning to you both. great to have you here. >> thank you. >> joel, this announcement
what changes will we see at the parks? >> we are making three big announcements today that i think really change the direction of the company. the first is that we are going to end our orca breeding. this is the last generation of orcas at seaworld. a difficult decision but we feel the right one for the future of the organization. the second is we are going to introduce new inspiring orca encounters and phase out our theatrical show. we will teach all of our customers about the plight of them in the wild. thirdly, we are also introducing a new partnership with haus, human society of the united states. we have been been former adversaries. >> some say enemies. you guys butted heads for 20 years. are you surprised, wayne, you two have come together on this? >> this is what we do at the humane society.
them into allies. with joel and seaworld we have this opportunity and excited about the end of orca breeding and excited seaworld is doing more rescue and rehabilitation and together we will be advocates to fight commercial sealing and commercial whaling. these are big problems for marine animals. once we settle some of the issues at seaworld we can look outside and address and help these beautiful creatures. >> how hard was it to make this happen? >> i think it was -- it was a challenge. we were both, you know, we knew our companies were at odds for so long but i think once we got to know each other it really helped. >> we feel like in the society of today, so much monologue talking against each other. we wanteded to dialogue and find where we have commonalities. we are dedicated professionals and we love animals so let's work to help the animals in the wild. we are committing 50 million dollars the next five years to be the largest rescue
there is thousands of mammals stranded every year that die. >> no doubt that seaworld you have incredible, some of the best biologists in the country to see creatures people would not be able to see. at the same time, your park attendance has slipped and your stock is down. is this more a business decision? >> no. it's about where society is shifting. i have seen, clearly, that society is changing their attitude about these unbelievable majestic animals being in human care. and as we see that shift, we felt we had -- now, clearly, if the customers appreciate what you do more, they are going to come to your park more and there is going to be a benefit. >> that's why i think our world -- business is aligning itself with more humane sensibilities. you see it with companies. ring
this is a big and bold and important announcement. >> the bet here is you can do >> i think so. we talked about the humane society. you can see it with agriculture companies and wildlife management. look at the killing of that lion, cecil. so many people. 45 airlines were not going to ship trophies from animals after that crisis. the world is waking up to animals. >> but people could say what took so long. i love the show. been there many times. kids love it. you see t wow, it's amazing. after seeing the documentary "blackfish" i don't feel the same any more. people say what took you so long and to that, you say what? >> just like you said, people come to our shows and they love our activities. you connect with animals. >> yeah. >> and everyone loves animals. there is raging debate whether this was the right thing, wrong thing in the past. however, it's clear that people are more uncomfortable. whether the movie or legislation
>> to be clear no longer see orcas at seaworld? >> they will be there. we are phasing out the program. we are not breeding any more but it will take years for them to pass on. as long as they are alive, they will still be at seaworld in these new orca environments and encounterses. people can still see them and learn about them but we are not making any new orcas and phase out over time. >> we hope to partner with them to help with animals in distress, stranded whales and stranded dolphins and stranded sea turtles and one of the area of our partnership. >> people don't realize without facilities like swoverled and without our unbelievable zoological team, these stranded animals have no place to go. it's not as clear-cut as it appears from the outside. >> i'm thinking it's a romance at the table and you should be talking to people called democrats and republicans. there is a way you can come together. >> i think people are tired of the monologue and the fighting. why we are fighting, there is
>> good for you. >> thank you both. a major leaguer is forced to choose between baseball and family. ahead the clubhouse request that led a baseball player to walk away from millions of dollars and the game he loves. if you're heading out the door, we want you to come. visit cbs all-access app on your digital device. i heard from a friend that it works really great. don't miss in whether i love to take pictures that engage people. and to connect us with the wonderment of nature. the detail on this surface book is amazing. with the tiger image, the saliva coming off and you got this turning. that's why i need this kind of resolution and computing power. being able to use a pen like this. on the screen directly with the image. it just gives me a different relationship to it. and i can't do that on my mac.
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and does not work a 9:00 to 5:00 job and is a major league baseball player. 12 seasons with six teams. as of this week, no more. >> is there a deep shot. left center field. and it is out of here! >> reporter: for adam laroche. >> adam laroche has tied the ball game! >> reporter: his only son have always been inseparable. >> nobody's kid needs to be in a professional locker room! >> i was really unaware of the fact that he was around as much as he was. >> reporter: the 36-year-old abruptly walked away from a 13 million dollar contract on tuesday, after white sox executive vice president ken williams asked laroche to limit his son's time in the clubhouse. >> it's not because the young man was a distraction and not because he wasn't well-received and well-liked by players, but in management sometimes you got
>> reporter: 14-year-old drake laroche has been a fixture alongside his father on the field and in major league baseball league clubhouses for years. complete with his own jersey and personal locker. >> my friends think it's really cool and everything. but i just think it's normal because i do it every single year since i've been a baby. >> reporter: kids on the field and in the clubhouse isn't uncommon across baseball, but drake's involvement with the white sox was unique. >> you see kids in clubhouses all the time but not on a consistent base. i can't think of a single case where a player's son was in a clubhouse the entire time the player was. >> reporter: the white sox insist their decision had nothing to do with drake's conduct. but, rather, an attempt to completely focus on winning. >> it's awesome. yeah, i'm so lucky to get to take him to work. my brothers and i just grew up around the stadium. we always did it so it's cool to give him the same memories. >> reporter: some of laroche's former teammates tweeted their support, including current mvp
famer chipper jones. baseball has long been a family affair for laroche's. adam's dad brought in the majors four seasons and often broad ught adam to the stadium. >> i think it's sweet that he brings his son. >> i wish they could have worked something out. >> me too. a dog lost announcer: this portion of "cbs
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we will visit one town trying to solve the problem. first, here's a look at today's "eye opener" at 8:00. >> this was a calculated decision by president obama to hit a nominee that would be hard for republicans to shoot down. >> president sees this as a reasonable pick, not a home run that some of the liberal groups would have wanted. >> one of the most solemn tasks undertaken by this government. this isn't supposed to be a circus. >> for the first time donald trump is running like a cautious incumbent with a lead to fight for. >> spray paint on the road where investigators say cruz and another friend in the car crashed before they were shot. >> we are going to end our orca breeding so this will be the last generation of orcas at seaworld. >> 14-year-old drake laroche spends nearly every day with his dad. he is a major league baseball player. twelve seasons with six teams. but as of this week, no more.
than 31,000 cases of canned tuna. the move includes chunk light in oil. chunk light in water. and four packs of chunk -- chunk light in water. say that three times in a row. >> chunk light in water, chunk light in water, chunk light in water. >> okay, showoff! drop the microphone, mr. rose! i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. happy st. patrick's day. president obama on wednesday named federal appeals chief judge merrick garland to replace the late justice antonin scalia. he is considered a moderate and consendus builder. garland explained his philosophy at the white house rose garden. >> fidelity to the constitution and the law has been the cornerstone of my professional
and is the hallmark of the kind of judge i have tried to be for the past 18 years. if the senate sees fit to confirm me to the position for which i have been nominated today, i promise to continue on that course. >> republicans refuse to consider garland, despite bipartisan support during his 1997 confirmation. seven current republican senators voted for him at that time. the republican acknowledged his own party's previous partisan partisanship saying, quote, republicans will point to democrats who have made it hard for republican presidents to get their nominees confirmed. he says a mistake for the gop to do that now. . senate majority leader mitchell mcconnell was unmoved and pointed to a decades' old statement pointed out by joe biden. >> when joe biden was chairman
no supreme court justice should be filled during a presidential election year because the american people were in the process of speaking that the elections are going on all over the country. the next president will be making this choice. the people will decide who should be the appointing authority. he will not be considered by the senate. >> the vice president tweeted this. republican jeff flake of arizona is a member of the senate judiciary committee and among a handful of republicans who have agreed to meet the nominee judge merrick garland. senator flake is with us from capitol hill. senator, good morning. >> thanks for having me on. >> you have broken with other republicans and said not only would you meet with the president's nominee, you would consider voting for him in a lame duck session. why? >> well, i think the goal here for republicans ought to be to make sure that we continue to
there is a concern that since this is justice scalia's seat, if president obama or somebody else were to name a justice that was decidedly liberal, it would upset the ballots on the court, so i think the republicans are certainly justified in saying we want to wait until a new president can make this nomination. >> but what if it's before the election and you do not know who is going to be the president? >> i think that is a risk we take and republicans have decide to do take that risk. and this is an important seat. like i said this is a scalia seat and it would significantly change the balance of the court were a liberal nominee be appointed in his place. >> are you disappointed in the optics of this? let's take mitch mcconnell's position saying we are not even having a hearing and other republicans saying he they will not meet with him. are you concerned that the
>> well, i think, like i said we have every right. it's been since 1878 since we have had a similar scenario where a nominee was made in an election year and would be approve by the opposition party in the senate. so certainly we are justified in waiting. but there are -- these are tough optics, i will admit. but it's a risk that you take and this is an important seat. we want to make sure that we maintain the balance on the court. >> speaking of tough optics. "the new york times" has a story today that says the escalating fight over filling the court vacancy holds a potential to be a confrontation that also could help determine the winner of the white house and control of the senate and ideological balance on the court and the rare washington fight that washes over all three branches of government. do you agree with that? >> i do, i do. these are high stakes, no doubt.
appointees to the court is important nomination and consideration. the senate has advise and content and we are given that role and i think what we are doing is exercising that. >> another member of the senate judiciary committee orrin hatch in 2010 when the president made one of his last picks to supreme court called garland someone he would help gather republican votes to vote for him. so what has changed now? isn't this just politics? >> oh, i don't think anything has changed with regard to merrick garland. let me just say i've talked to others on the court and i hear nothing but good about him. >> why wouldn't you give him a hearing? >> this is -- >> why not give him a hearing and vote him up or down if he is a fine man and he is qualified, why not give him the hearing? >> like i said i plan to meet with him but that is decision i make. >> are you doing anything -- are you doing anything to convince your colleagues to reconsider their position? >> no. i'm going to meet with merrick garland and i'll take it from there. >> all right.
dropped out of the race, senator marco rubio. will you endorse someone else? >> well, i'm considering that right now. but i'll probably wait a couple of weeks and see. i'm still hopeful that we can get a nominee that we can be proud of and take us through the election. >> can you support donald trump? >> it's a tough one there. i don't want to say anything now but i find it difficult given the statements he has made. i believe we need to win the white house and we have got to have somebody that can do it and i'm not certain he can. >> do you want donald trump picking the next supreme court nominee? >> that's another question we will have to consider! so you mentioned all these things. a lot of factors that go into this and, you know, these are high stakes. there's no other way to say it. >> all right. >> senator flake, good to see you this morning. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me on. a question -- how safe is your water? millions of people nationwide could be at risk from lead in
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michigan governor rick snyder testifies before congress this morning about lead contamination in flint's drinking water. a new investigation by the "usa today" network is raising questions this morning about tap water nationwide. the report identified nearly 2,000 water systems used by 6 million people were excessive levels of lead were detected in the past four years. . adriana diaz is in sebring,
struggling with lead water. >> reporter: the town wants to test every home's water and if dangerous lead levels are found, bottled water and filters will be provided. the problem here is not isolated. more than 20 million people across the country get their water through lead pipes. courtney might swear off tap water for good for the sake of her 7-month-old daughter autumn. >> just seems like everyone is having water problems, all of a sudden. >> reporter: she lives in sebring, ohio, a village of less than 5,000 people, southeast of cleveland. lead was detected in the drinking water in august. but residents weren't notified until january. >> it does bother me, because why wouldn't they get it out sooner? where wouldn't they tell us, especially for people with babies. >> reporter: water leaving treatment plants is lead-free but without the right additives, the water can corrode lead service lines as well as lead plumbing inside homes and allowing the toxic metal to
>> the art teacher told us not to drink the water. >> reporter: the usa today network found that 600 water systems lead waters was leveling those of the worst samples found in flint. >> one of the huge issues in our country is that for decades, we used lead to create water pipes. we need to be checking out our homes for lead in our pipes in the same way that we worry about lead-based paint. >> reporter: lead plumbing was finally banned in 1986. even in small doses, it's considered dangerous and could lead to brain damage, reduced i.q.s and other health problems. water utilities now put additives in the water to prevent aging lead pipes from corroding. they also regularly test homes that are considered high-risk. but david la france, ceo of the american water works association, says more needs to be done. >> as long as we have lead, there will be some risk that lead will get into the water and the best way to solve that problem is to simple get the
>> reporter: francis group says still 6.1 million lead lines in use. serving up to 22 million people. and that it could take as much as $30 billion to replace them all. >> even with if we remove the lead service lines there is still risk if there is plumbing at the home that contains lead. >> reporter: last month, the village of sebring hired a new superintendent to run its water plant but she won't take any chances with her baby's health. >> i don't think i'll ever use the city water for her with anything because you never know what's in it. >> reporter: if you're worried about lead in your drinking water, experts say you can have the water tested or hire a plumber to see if your home has lead pipes. usatoday.com has more. >> so many of us take water for
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officials in london have been strapping minibackpacks with air quality sensors on pigeons to monitor pollution level. isn't that the difference of if you see something, say something? yeah, hi. i just saw a pigeon wearing a backpack. who? over both wings. what do you mean? >> that's good, seth. >> so weird. >> more on the story. london's air pollution problem is blamed for thousands of deaths every year. this experiment with birds and backpacks could create a flight path to a long-term solution. charlie d'agata in london has the story of the pigeon air patrol. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. these pigeons are nothing special. if anything, they are underachievers.
racing pigeons and currently flying at around 120 feet and bill backpacks weigh less than an ounce or lighter than a feather. that is princess. the bird. not the guy! prince cess and a small flock of friends took flight this morning on a mission to save the world, or mostly to raise awareness about all of the air pollution in it says this creative director. >> really that we all expose and tough to get everyday lives. just by simply going in the streets, into the tube everywhere. >> reporter: seven birds, all females, took wing today. two with pollution monitoring backpacks and one with gps so scientists can track them. the others are wing men or wing women. pigeon handler brian says his birds prefer to fly in a flock. >> they like to fly together, they do it for security. more than anything. that is just pretty much like a horse race.
the line they all go together. >> reporter: the program is partnered with, you guessed it, twitter, to find out how polluted your neighborhood is, you tweet to the birds. pigeon air patrol tweets back with a reading of your area ranging from moderate to extreme. pigeons have a long history of serving on britain's battle fronts. notably in world war ii. >> friend of messagers pigeons. headquarters secret communication has received and prompted. >> reporter: even a young queen elizabeth supported the air force. today, london faces another threat. an estimated 10,000 people die prematurely in the capital due to air pollution and the world health organization estimates that globally air pollution is to blame for the deaths of 7 million people every year. which makes the work of a few good pigeons with cute little
fancy. now, this morning, we tweeted princess, that pigeon currently on duty to find out what pollution levels are like here. we got the message pollution is high in your area. protect yourself. >> stay inside. >> give us another way of thinking of pigeons p.m. all i think is poop and nastiness. >> oh, no!
i like them but very what did you think when you heard that president obama nominated elron hubbard to supreme court? are you excited? >> i am. i thought it was a good choice. he is more public. and i identify myself as a republic -- a republican? so i was pretty content with that choice. >> do you think sammy hagar is a good choice for the supreme
>> i feel that the motions he has logged and the things he want to train and i think he would be a good candidate. >> president obama nominated landster for the supreme court justice. do you think he will bring peace to the seven kingdoms or a divisive figure? >> i think divisive. >> that last one was a game of thrones. >> it was. >> people just don't want to say i don't know who that is, do they? >> no. >> sammy hagar? really? van halen? eye yi yi! welcome back to "cbs this morning." this half hour, going the distance isn't good enough any more for some airline reward programs. peter greenberg is in our toyota green room. hello! the newest big airline to change its frequent flyer policy. the parents of a young transgender child show how they turn challenges into new ways of cherishing their family.
morning's headlines from around the globe. "the washington post" reports on scans showing who hidden rooms in king tut's burial chamber. in september we took you inside the tomb in southern egypt. there is speculation the secret chambers behind the walls may contain the remains of a famous queen who may have been king tut's mother. "usa today" reveals the happiest country in the world. any guesses? >> denmark? i cheated! >> very helpful when it says it there on the teleprompter. it's followed by switzerland, iceland and norway and finland. it includes a happy life expectsy. the united states was ranked 13, up two spots from last year. pope's fiat making a special appearance today at the st. patrick's day here at new york city one of the two fiats the pope used while he visited here in september.
parade route and afterward the car is available for bid at a charity auction. "the new york times" reports on a hint from the creator of "hamilton" that the founding father will stay on the 10 dollar bill. there has been a proposal to put a woman on the bill but the popularity of "hamilton" has increased the popularity of the hamilton. the treasury department says lew recognized to keep hamilton on the 10 dollar bill. physicians say the declaration would reportedly help them win grants and protect
the "chicago tribune" is reporting president obama's march madness predictions. he has picked only one men's champion and that is kansas! he thinks kansas, north carolina state and michigan and texas a&m will reach the men's final four with kansas topping north carolina for the title. in the women's tournament, he sees the university of connecticut winning another national championship. the madness begins today when unc-wilmington takes on duke blue devils. coverage begins at noon eastern on cbs. the president may have the last two for sure. >> for sure. >> kansas is very good! >> that will be a fun game today. >> absolutely. first lady michelle obama is reflecting on her remaining time at the white house. she delivered a key note address wednesday at the south-by-southwest music festival in austin. queen latifah monitored a panel on the young girls kasey. it included missy elliott and sophia bush.
would ever aim at the oval office. >> i will not run for president. i've got these two young people at home. and being the kids -- the daughters of a president, just think about it. they have handled it with grace and with poise, but enough. enough is enough. >> the first lady also spoke about what motivated her as a child. >> as i was trying to make my way and do good in school and apply to good colleges, there were always people around telling me what i couldn't do. >> wow. mrs. obama says she does plan to stay in public life because of her love of people. she certainly has had an impact. >> the two kids, so lovely. >> just think. they were 10 and 7. they are young ladies now. interesting to see what the first lady does when she leaves office.
frequent flyer miles admit they don't know how the airline awards program works. 17.5 trillion unused miles worldwide and enough to fly around the globe 116 million times. americanairlines is the latest carrier changing how you earn and redeem the points. cbs news travel editor peter greenberg is here to show us who benefits and who loses. good morning. >> good morning. >> for most people when you try to reclaim there is a rule you can't do it or you don't have enough and you spend your money to get the miles. >> you do. next week american kicks in on the 22nd following delta and united based on the fare you paid. used to be if you flu 4,000 miles no matter what you pointed for the ticket you got that many miles. delta is doing this already. you fly 4,950 miles on a u.s. flight from los angeles to kennedy, if you paid for a discounted ticket, guess what you get? 1,750 miles now. >> oh! >> that is going across the
unit and delta already done it and american is doing it next week. >> is this fair? >> of course, not. >> who is benefiting? >> here is the thing. every airplane is full and making it difficult to earn the miles and making it difficult on the back end to redeem them. so many people are frustrated. we talk about 17 trillion unused miles? that is more than there is u.s. currency in circulation around the world. that is how much we are talking about. so out of frustration, so many people now are saying, if i can't redeem them for a ticket, they get -- magazine subscription or for the box of chocolates. let's do the math on that. a magazine subscription is offered for 1,200 miles. that works out to, based on how much you spend for your tickets to begin with, it works out to $240 for a magazine subscription. >> no thanks. >> the chocolate gets me. 6,500 miles for a box of chocolate that retails for $30.
ground stuff you already paid for you know what you spent for that box of chocolates? 1,000 1,300. >> they are not reducing prices. the bottom line is the only time they are reducing prices is where they have competition from very low fare carriers. overall, they are not. >> do you use frequent flyer miles? >> i have them. i frame them on the wall because the problem is unless you have tremendous flexibility in your schedule, you're not going to get a chance to redeem them. the one thing people should never do -- >> how do we win? >> first inc. you don't hoard your miles. why would he i trust airlines at banks when i don't trust them. they only reduce the value of those miles every day. take your bucket list of all the places you want to go and throw it out. because if you want to go to paris our miles or hawaii or london, guess what. everybody else wants to go there. pick a place you've never been to and think 330 days out and
miles and you'll have a great time. >> i do think book online has helped that because it says a button on delta pay with miles and pay with money. you can click on and see if you have enough miles so that is helpful. >> when you pay with miles you're paying with money because fees associated with that as well so be careful. >> thank you, peter. 8-year-old child opens up about being transgender. >> i just had a weird feeling that i wanted to be a boy. >> from the time you were very young? >> yeah.
this months, new york city enacted rules allowing transgender people to use the bam of their choice in city facilities. some lawyers are debating around the movement. while the transgender community is find ago growing voice in popular cultures its members are wildly misunderstood. a book "raising ryland." raising a transgender child who is raising their child. >> happy birthday dear ryland.
their birthday they found their child was profoundly deaf. they put in cochlear implants and ryland was able to hear for the first time. >> do you hear that? >> for a while there, we didn't know if ryland would be able to talk or hear or just communicate. >> reporter: ryland did learn to speak but what she had to say didn't make sense to her family. >> ryland started to say i'm a boy. at the time we decided it was cute. we thought it was a phase and maybe i'll have a tomboy. >> it was around 3 we started to hear it but around 4 years old is when it got very strong. >> reporter: jeff and hilary struggled to understand, jeff especially. you were trying to avoid it? >> i was avoiding it for a while. i new ryland was having a difficult time with cochlear implants and to add something on top of that, i just couldn't accept that. i couldn't picture it. >> reporter: i'm sure a lot of
story is that at 3 years old, a little girl can say, "i'm a little boy. >> we could have ignored it and pushed it away and said no, you're a girl and fought it. >> we did. >> and we did. >> for the first -- >> but -- but -- >> it became so persistent. >> reporter: they say ryland demonstrated the key markers that doctors and psychologist look for to determine if a child is tran gender. at the time like so many people, jeff and hillariry didn't get what it meant to be transgender. now they do. >> watch the ball. >> reporter: this is 8-year-old ryland today. >> over the fence. >> reporter: after much research and counseling and soul-searching, jeff and hilary say they came to the enescapable conclusion that ryland's gender didn't match what is on her birth certificate so at age 6, ryland started living as a boy.
yourself when your 3 and 4 years old, does that seem strange now? >> kind of. a little weird. >> reporter: seems a little weird? >> yeah. >> reporter: ryland remembers how he refused to wear clothes made for girls. >> my mom and dad told them i was a boy. >> reporter: what makes you so strong, so determined? >> i just had a weird feeling that i wanted to be a boy. >> reporter: from et you were very young? >> yes. >> this is just likely to be hard-wired as sexual orientation, it's not a choice. >> reporter: dr. steven rosenthal is researching the outcomes of major treatments for transgender youth by a study funded by the national institutes of health. >> there is no reason to believe that transgender people haven't been around since people have been around just like any other variation than human being biology. >> reporter: rosenthal says treatment is crucial because an alarming 41% of transgender people attempt suicide but new
pediatrics found that children who have socially transitioned to the gender with which they identify had normal levels of depression and anxiety. >> we have seen so many kids who have come into our practice, like ryland, who have fully socially transitioned and family after family tell us as soon as they enabled their kid to do this, everything turned around. >> reporter: when you were researching and seeing that attempted suicide percent, 41%. >> it was awful. >> horrible. >> awful, awful. >> would we rather have a living son or a dead daughter? and, you know, we weren't willing to play with that statistic. we would rather have a living son. >> what are you guys doing? >> we are making a cake. >> i-not kidding when i say that the child changed overnight. it was just -- he was so proud, all of a sudden. just so happy. he felt so comfortable. you could just see him. >> reporter: people that blame you, saying you did this to them. >> it would never be something i pushed on my child.
will make ryland's life a little bit harder and i don't want my child's life to be any harder. >> reporter: there are decisions ahead, including whether to eventually give ryland male hormones. a little while before puberty sets in now, but you got to be thinking about that. >> thankfully there is puberty blockers which allow us to delay the onset of puberty for a period of time. >> i think it is really important to note that we haven't done anything that isn't reversible. >> reporter: jeff and hilary are sharing their story because they want ryland to live in a world that accepts him. >> dad, how did you make that tunnel? >> reporter: hopefully, we will see conversations all over the world and people will start understanding this more. >> there are so many more people willing to go public with it and who are coming out and trying to help this world understand so i think we will get there. we will get there. >> reporter: for "cbs this morning," john blackstone, san diego. >> they seem like a very nice family.
they deserve applause. jeff and hilary, just the fact we are having the conversation is so important. >> i agree. >> what do you think, charlie? >> i think it's very important and i think people need to know they are not alone. >> me too. >> me too. >> bravo so that family. update on the dog we found stranded in floodwaters in texas yesterday. that's right! you're watching "cbs this morning."
we got great news about the dog at the white house. >> green fountain. >> the green fountain. >> very nice. i was wondering what are you pointing out? i get it. green fountain at the white house. we have great news about the dog we found in texas flooding yesterday. remember david begnaud discovered him while reporting in the town of deweyville. >> i just spotted a little dog stranded in water.
when we get off the air. >> that little dog is named sparky. he was stranded for about three days. david and the crew brought the dog some food and stayed with the dog the owners returned at home. the owners didn't expect the water to get as high as it did. sparky is a-ok. >> i asked if this president put the green fountain there or